Jesus didn’t say we should be, we can be, or we will be the salt of the earth. He said we are the salt of the earth. There are no salt substitutes. If we’re not what God wants us to be, the world will be without salt and light.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Salt cleanses (saline solution gargled for sore throats), antiseptic to fight infection (soak foot infection in Epsom salts), preserves to save from decay (in Bible times dead people were mummified in salt), cures food (ham, meats, etc.), and de-ices roads. God sends his word to melt the harshness and coldness of peoples’ hearts. God wants us to be like salt to melt cold hearts.
Psalm 147:16-18 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
There can’t be contention, pressing our opinion, arguing, and complaining if we’re going to be salt.
Proverbs 15:1-2 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
If we’re all about our opinions, our speech won’t be seasoned with salt. We should reflect what God wants and thinks. You will say things that aren’t seasoned with salt if you get impatient, upset or angry.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
It’s only sounding brass if our speech isn’t prompted by love. Speech seasoned with salt is patient, longsuffering, and kind.
I Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am…as sounding brass…
I Corinthians 13:4-5 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Salt is for flavoring. An egg white is bland without salt. God wants us to season people with salt. One cubic miles of evaporated sea water = 140 million tons of salt. Salt was important in Bible times.
Job 6:6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
God made a covenant of salt with Aaron. The meat offering had to be offered with salt.
Leviticus 2:12-13…And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
God said the covenant of salt was offering their firstlings of cattle, sheep, and goats to provide for the Levites.
Numbers 18:17-19 But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the Lord. And the flesh…shall be thine, as the wave breast and as the right shoulder are thine. All the heave offerings of the holy things, which…Israel offer unto the Lord, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the Lord unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
The Levites received a 10th (tithe) from the people as an inheritance from God. The covenant was an agreement, consent, or contract. When we get saved God gives us salt. We make a covenant with God that we don’t want our sins any more.
Numbers 18:21-24…I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service…the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever… among the children of Israel they have no inheritance. But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer…I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
The Spirit of truth God gives when we’re saved is the salt in us. It preserves us from decay/rotting so we won’t sin.
John 14:17-18 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
The disciples were followers of God but still had the carnal nature. When the carnal nature came up, Jesus didn’t say they weren’t saved but he corrected and instructed them. When we’re first saved or justified, we will see the carnal nature rise up. God is leading us to be sanctified. He wants to preserve and fill us with the Holy Spirit – removing the carnal nature.
Luke 9:46-48 Then there arose a reasoning…which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, And said…Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
Luke 9:51-56 And…he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before…they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans…And they did not receive him, because…he would go to Jerusalem. And when…James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire…from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he…rebuked them…Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them…
God wants us preserved holy. The only way we can receive the Holy Ghost is if we’re presenting ourselves holy.
I Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The people at Ephesus were saved but hadn’t received the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:1-6…Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said…We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said…Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying…they should believe on him which should come…When they heard …were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus…Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them…
Our body is not holy when we first come to be saved. The carnal nature wars against us until we’re sanctified. When we’re sanctified, we have power within and can live a victorious life. Our whole soul and body are preserved blameless.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
David was under the covenant of salt. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king and made things hard for the people, the ten northern tribes of Israel separated from Judah and made Jeroboam the king of Israel. Abijah was the son of Rehoboam. He came with an army of 400,000 men to fight Jeroboam and Israel. Jeroboam’s army was 800,000 men. Abijah reminded Jeroboam and the army of Israel that God gave the kingdom to David by a lasting covenant of salt.
II Chronicles 13:3-5 And Abijah set the battle in array with…four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array…with eight hundred thousand chosen men…And Abijah…said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; Ought ye not to know that the Lord…gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever…and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
Abijah reminded them that Jeroboam made golden calves to worship and they turned to idols. Abijah and the army of Judah were surrounded by the army of Israel, but God came to their rescue because they were relying on God.
II Chronicles 13:6-11 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat…rebelled against his lord. And there are gathered…vain men…of Belial …strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young…and could not withstand them. And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord…ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. Have ye not cast out the priests of the Lord…made you…priest of them that are no gods. But…the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests…sons of Aaron…And they burn unto the Lord every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices…for we keep the charge of the Lord our God; but ye have forsaken him.
II Chronicles 13:18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under…Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the Lord…
Salt is pure and only polluted by other chemicals. Salt won’t burn but puts fire out. God wants us to be the salt for the world and to not be polluted but have something good to add to those around us.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)